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White Sox bullpen coach suggests starting brawl with Twins

Aug 17, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

Tonight the Twins and White Sox begin a three-game series at Target Field that could go a long way toward determining the AL Central champion, and during a recent radio interview Chicago bullpen coach Juan Nieves suggested that his pitchers throw at Minnesota hitters in an effort to start a brawl.
Seriously:

I’ve even thought of telling guys, “hey [Matt] Thornton, smoke [Joe] Mauer, see if you can start a fight.” We’re not afraid of anybody.

If you can’t beat ‘em, throw at ‘em, I guess.

  1. Kris - Aug 17, 2010 at 1:48 PM

    You stay classy, Chicago.

  2. Bill@TDS - Aug 17, 2010 at 1:53 PM

    Pitchers get fined and suspended for making comments like this (don’t they?). Seems like the punishment should be even harsher for the grown-ups.

  3. minnesconsin_ad - Aug 17, 2010 at 1:55 PM

    you might not be afraid of being beaten down in the ensuing mayhem, but you seem fairly afraid that your season is currently circling the toilet bowl.

  4. BC - Aug 17, 2010 at 1:57 PM

    The first rule of Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club. Third rule of Fight Club: someone yells stop, goes limp, taps out, the fight is over. Fourth rule: only two guys to a fight. Fifth rule: one fight at a time, fellas. Sixth rule: no shirts, no shoes. Seventh rule: fights will go on as long as they have to. And the eighth and final rule: if this is your first night at Fight Club, you have to fight.

  5. lukejameslarson - Aug 17, 2010 at 2:05 PM

    As a fan of the Detroit Tigers, I’d love to see this happen.

  6. Jack Daniels - Aug 17, 2010 at 2:07 PM

    Do they not realize we have a Giant man with Next Tattoo’s and Delmon Young who can throw bats from long range. Bad idea.

  7. Simon DelMonte - Aug 17, 2010 at 2:12 PM

    Now we know where to trade K-Rod to.

  8. doctorfunke - Aug 17, 2010 at 2:15 PM

    And Drew Butera. You don’t wanna mess with that dude.

  9. geoknows - Aug 17, 2010 at 2:18 PM

    Isn’t a comment like that automatically fine-worthy to the MLB powers-that-be?

  10. doctorfunke - Aug 17, 2010 at 2:19 PM

    I’m sure if it did, it would cause 3 more of your players to get injured somehow.

  11. Bill@TDS - Aug 17, 2010 at 2:21 PM

    has he seen all their awkward 1970s-throwback facial hair? Not a group to be trifled with.

  12. doctorfunke - Aug 17, 2010 at 2:25 PM

    Aaron, You should post the picture of Ventura getting his face pummelled by Nolan Ryan. Or A.J. getting beat by Barrett.
    Would a brawl be the first for Target Field?

  13. mike wants wins - Aug 17, 2010 at 2:26 PM

    Such a sad place and time and culture that people think fighting is a good idea in terms of “winning” an athletic competition. Why not just, you know, play baseball?

  14. Cheap Seat Chronicles - Aug 17, 2010 at 3:18 PM

    BAZING!

  15. Paper Lions - Aug 17, 2010 at 3:23 PM

    I suppose…but I am willing to bet that these attitudes were more prevalent during every preceding baseball era than they are today.

  16. BC - Aug 17, 2010 at 3:47 PM

    Because YOU asked for it….
    http://www.sportsgalleryweb.com/images/baseball/photos/nolan_ryan_robin_ventura_sgaplaque_large.jpg

  17. ChicagoJo - Aug 17, 2010 at 4:10 PM

    TAKEN OUT OF CONTEXT!!!
    Minnesota has been throwing at our guys the whole 2nd half, without retaliation. Quentin jacked out a homer and goit plunked twice for it. Honestly they are just sayin that stuff to keep the Twins from thinking they’d take it lying down.
    You guys can make all the class comments you want, but the fact is this issue pops up for every club now and then.
    The White Sox have been the most HBP team the last two years, and are somewhere near the bottom of the list of hitting opposing batters. Bt you know, perception is everything.

  18. doctorfunke - Aug 17, 2010 at 4:43 PM

    Quentin gets hit a lot because he leans over the plate and then makes no attempt to move when he is pitched inside. He is a guy that likes to extend his arms, so he sits right on the plate, which causes pitchers to pitch him in. There’s a reason that he gets hit a lot, and it’s not because he’s a target. The first time he got hit against Perkins it was 0-2. Not really the time to try and hit someone. And the second time he got hit was with an off-speed pitch which hit him in the leg. I don’t know about you, but if I’m going to throw at a guy, he’s getting my fastball in the ribcage. On the first pitch.
    And although the Twins and Sox are locked up in a good race here, I don’t think there’s as much animosity as people want to believe there is. Not the fightin’ kind at least.
    Oh, and we don’t have our coaches giving interviews where we state that our strategy could be to throw at the other teams’ best hitter. I don’t know many teams that do.

  19. lostinthevines - Aug 17, 2010 at 6:35 PM

    Odd that the only dissenting opinion is from a Sux fan. Sox players are encouraged to crowd the plate to avoid getting jammed and force pitchers to put the ball out over the plate, and most pitchers are too smart to fall for it and not afraid to pitch inside and drill a guy or two.

  20. Woody - Aug 17, 2010 at 7:24 PM

    Sox are loser’s, manager will be fired after the season.
    Go Twins!!!!!

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